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Delaware schools abuzz with activity this summer


Alice Cooper must have not visited the Delaware City School District, because school isn't completely out for summer.

The district offers a summer enrichment camp every year.

This year's version, Camp Invention, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 16-20. Fifty students have signed up.

Of course, there are summer-school options at varying levels for students who need a little extra help for the coming year.

There also is a three-week program for third-grade students who will take Third Grade Reading Guarantee assessments this year.

"We have teachers coming in to tutor students that we felt needed extra practice," said Assistant Superintendent Brad Faust.

At the high school level, students who are deficient in credit hours can earn them by taking a six-week summer course.

Faust said there also are many professional development offerings for teachers throughout the summer.

One of them is a training session for Canvas, a learning management system that helps teachers with blended learning environments.

"It helps teachers manage online postings such as in-class assignments, videos and homework," he said.

Another offering for teachers is training on the Measures of Academic Progress testing the district will conduct in the fall. A series of pilot testing of MAP tests was held last school year in the elementary schools, Dempsey Middle School and Willis Intermediate School.

MAP tests are new in-house assessments for students in grades K-8.

The tests are given three times a year and help assist teachers in gauging the strengths and weaknesses of students.

"When our students take the OAA tests, we don't see the results until much later. The MAP testing allows us to see results immediately," Faust said.

He said the tests are a "check along the way," adding that if teachers allow the results to form their instruction, the tests can be a helpful tool.

The district's School Age Child Care also continues through the summer, offering activities and field trips for participating students.